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In 2012, the A72 between Peebles and Innerleithen in Scotland was the site of a collision that caused a motorcyclist severe injury and left him unable to work for months.

Now, almost two years on, the roofer from Innerleithen, has been awarded damages following a personal injury compensation claim.

The claimant made a statement welcoming the verdict. He stated, "It brings an end to a long and stressful two year process to prove I wasn't responsible."

A 4x4 vehicle towing a large 30ft trailer had been exiting a field near the entrance to Glentress forest. The driver failed to see the motorcyclist before pulling out.

The claimant did all he could to avoid the collision, braking and swerving sharply in an attempt to manoeuvre around the vehicle and its load; however, the motorcycle clipped the rear of the trailer.

As a result, the roofer was thrown from his motorbike, breaking his left thumb and every finger in his right-hand. The extent of his injuries left him unable to use his hands, and forced to rely on his mother for care.

Metal pins were inserted into each of his fingers which prevented him from working, causing physical, mental and financial distress. The claimant required care for almost three months after the road accident and could not work for a further three months.

The judge ruled to award the man damages and placed liability for the road traffic accident with the driver of the other vehicle.

The outcome is positive, however the 25-year-old is still awaiting further surgery to remove the pins from his fingers. Whether full hand movement has been restored is unknown.

Those acting on behalf of the claimant urged road users to take extra care and caution on rural roads with restricted visibility.

Thompson's wishes the man a swift recovery.

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